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Cutdown day buzz: Chiefs interested in outside linebacker Paul Kruger

During a game last season, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson scrambled away from Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger.
During a game last season, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson scrambled away from Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger. The Associated Press

It appears the Chiefs are interested in improving their outside-linebacker situation.

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the club has scheduled a visit with veteran free agent Paul Kruger, who was recently released by the Browns.

Kruger, 30, is expected to visit New Orleans before he visits Kansas City.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Kruger only had 2  1/2 sacks last season in 441 pass-rush snaps, but was very productive in 2014, recording 11 sacks.

He would add some veteran depth to a position in need of it. Tamba Hali has been working his way back into the fold over the last week after sitting during training camp, while the other spot — which has been manned by 2014 first-round-pick Dee Ford — remains unsettled.

Other veterans remain in the mix as well, including Frank Zombo — who rotated in with the first-team during Monday’s practice. Andy Mulumba, Dezman Moses and Dadi Nicolas have consistently rotated in with the second-team in camp.

Knile Davis on the block

With the Chiefs needing to get to the 75-man roster limit by 3 p.m. Tuesday, the club is exploring a number of different ways to get there.

One of those ways, a source confirmed, is by trading Knile Davis, who is currently being shopped for the second time in six months. Davis was also placed on the trade block back in late March, after the Chiefs signed Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West to extensions.

The club also gave Darrin Reaves reps ahead of Davis at running back in their 23-7 exhibition win over the Chicago Bears on Saturday, which was likely an indication of where he stood. They also gave Tyreek Hill the first kick-return rep on Saturday instead of Davis, the first time that’s happened all preseason.

Murray on the block, too?

The Chiefs have a glut of quarterbacks — five — which means someone has to go, and it appears it might be Aaron Murray.

According to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs have placed Murray on the trade block.

Murray, a fifth-round pick in 2014, has consistently worked behind Alex Smith, Nick Foles and Tyler Bray for the duration of training camp. And with the selection this year of Kevin Hogan in the fifth round, it makes sense that Murray — who has completed 15 of 23 passes for 165 yards and an interception this preseason — would be the odd man out.

Cuts have already started

The Chiefs announced the release of guard Garrick Mayweather on Monday, while the agent for receiver Mitch Mathews announced on Twitter that his client had been released Monday morning.

That leaves 79 men on the roster, with the Chiefs needed to get down to 75 by 3 p.m. Tuesday. Continue to check for updates.